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Old July 18th, 2005, 11:21 AM   #1
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Architect chosen for Old Treasury Buildings

A team of leading architects from Perth and interstate has been appointed to redesign the Old Treasury Buildings in the heart of the city.

Housing and Works Minister Francis Logan said local architects Donaldson-Warn, Sandover Pinder, Palassis and Melbourne-based architect Peter Elliott had been selected to produce a redevelopment plan for the prestigious site.

The winning team of architects was chosen from a shortlist of four.

"The architectural team is aware that we want an impressive design which will facilitate public access, after-hours activity, reinvigorate the area and ensure that the new building complements existing structures," Mr Logan said.

"They have suggested the provision of an internal street to improve access through the site and the creation of rich interior spaces to encourage retail, food and beverage outlets.

"Quality design with integrated access to the Town Hall and the surrounding heritage precinct will be a major outcome of the redevelopment.

"Government architect Geoffrey London will oversee all aspects of the development, including working closely with the architects to review the concept design as it is being developed.

"Professor London will chair a design review committee which will ensure the heritage attributes of the Old Treasury Buildings are protected and preserved."

The Minister said the Gallop Government was committed to protecting and enhancing Western Australia's unique lifestyle, including significant heritage sites.

Constructed between 1874 and 1903, the Old Treasury Buildings are among the most important examples of colonial architecture in WA.

Under the Gallop Government's proposal the building would be maintained by a private developer for an agreed period of time, at the end of which full control of the buildings would revert to the State Government.

Professor London, who chaired the evaluation panel, said selecting the successful architect had been a very difficult task.

"The submissions and presentations demonstrated a clear understanding of the historic, civic and commercial aspects of the project and their importance in the broader precinct," the professor said.

"The successful architectural team is an astute combination of complementary skills, which responded best to the criteria in a very sensitive and direct manner."

Professor London said Peter Elliott's participation was seen as an important factor in the selection.

"Apart from excellent presentation to the evaluation panel, it is apparent from his innovative approach to other heritage projects in Melbourne that involvement will be a very positive attribute in achieving a high quality design outcome," he said.

"The team presented a perceptive understanding of and commitment to the heritage context of the site and the relationship the new structure could have with existing heritage buildings."

The design phase of the project will be completed before the end of the year.

The Government expects the scheme to be tendered to the market for redevelopment early in 2006.
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Old July 18th, 2005, 02:24 PM   #2
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are they going to knock down the brown piece of shit office block on hay street??.. I am a bit confused where they will build the office tower. seems like the whole area is taken up with city hall, treasury and the church
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Old July 18th, 2005, 04:48 PM   #3
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im very sure it will be on that vacant site onbarrack st near town hall where the old R&I towers once stood. i wish they were knocking that down. once again the chances of it going are very low as the internals were upgraded to a good standard. f-ing hate it when that happens!
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Old July 20th, 2005, 03:38 PM   #4
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the first of these was chosen-
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Old July 20th, 2005, 03:47 PM   #5
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I assume thats the one by Palassis Architects? Their website doesn't look to inspiring ... Did their plan look okay from the newspaper, the scan is a little hard to see?

http://www.palarc.com.au/
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Old July 21st, 2005, 10:04 AM   #6
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didnt have one in there
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Old August 18th, 2005, 01:50 PM   #7
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Looks like there’s a courtyard in there. Maybe part of the new office component will be built there looking at drawing plan#4?
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Old August 18th, 2005, 03:11 PM   #8
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the new offices will go there and the R&I towers site.
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Old August 18th, 2005, 04:38 PM   #9
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Can't wait till they bring it back to life!
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Old August 18th, 2005, 05:21 PM   #10
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Also the proposed Civic Sq at the back of the Treasury building moved a step closer from the last Council meeting. With the facade of the Treasury and the Cathedral, this Square will be something else!.


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Designs for Old Treasury Buildings released

The State Government today released the initial architectural design for the redevelopment of Perth's historic Old Treasury Buildings in the heart of the city.

The design, by Melbourne-based architect Peter Elliott and local architects Donaldson-Warn, Sandover Pinder and Palassis Architects, was unveiled by Acting Premier Eric Ripper and Housing and Works Minister Francis Logan.

Mr Ripper and Mr Logan welcomed the design and agreed that it represented a very contemporary solution to a difficult heritage project.

"This will become a landmark building that will reinvigorate a part of the city which has become lifeless," Mr Ripper said.

"The design has to assimilate the old with the new - not an easy task, given that the nearby heritage buildings hold a special place in the hearts of all Western Australians.

"But this design will allow the heritage buildings to be fully conserved and re-occupied for the first time in more than 10 years."

Under the State Government's multi-million redevelopment proposal, the Old Treasury Buildings will be refurbished and a new multi-storey office block facing Barrack Street will be constructed.

"I am now more convinced then ever that we will create a fabulous building for Perth," Mr Logan said.

"The proposed redevelopment will facilitate public access through the buildings, encourage after-hours activity and reinvigorate the area."

Mr Logan said it was important that the design of the proposed new office building complemented the existing heritage structures of the Old Treasury Buildings, the Town Hall and the surrounding heritage precinct, including Cathedral Square.

The Minister said the State Government was working with the Perth City Council, the Heritage Council and the Department for Planning and Infrastructure, through a design review committee chaired by the Government Architect, to resolve heritage and planning issues associated with the redevelopment.

"The design concepts are currently very much a work in progress and are therefore subject to ongoing refinement," he said.

"While they do provide for bars, a restaurant, specialty shops, cafés and arcades for pedestrian access as the predominant uses at basement and ground levels, we will continue to work with the City of Perth to address its concerns."

City of Perth councillors have been briefed on the designs and have raised a couple of issues which are currently being re-assessed. These include a greater setback from the Town Hall on Hay Street and no offices on the ground floor of the heritage buildings.

"The State Government will protect and preserve the heritage attributes of the Old Treasury Buildings, constructed between 1874 and 1903, which epitomise colonial architecture in WA," Mr Logan said.

The refurbishment of the Old Treasury Buildings and the construction of the new office building will be funded and maintained by a private developer under a leasehold arrangement.

The State Government is expected to offset the cost by a pre-commitment to lease between 15,000 and 17,000sq.m of office space. Ultimately the redevelopment will revert to the State.

The State Government expects to tender the redevelopment scheme to the market in 2006.
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Jaded CBD Rejig

PERTH is attempting to shed its status as one of the dullest cities on the planet with plans for a sweeping architectural revamp of one of its colonial-era buildings - Treasury Place in the centre of the jaded CBD. Architects have been charged with assimilating the 1874 colonial building into a world-class, futuristic design featuring a multi-story office block complete with bars, shops, arcades and cafes.

The Australian, page 4 Tues 20th Dec.
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Old December 20th, 2005, 02:47 AM   #14
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Oh come on it's not that 'dull'

Render in todays west, btw. About 10 levels.
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Old December 20th, 2005, 04:17 AM   #15
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Old December 20th, 2005, 11:40 AM   #16
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Old December 20th, 2005, 01:21 PM   #17
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Lol now that article in The Australian makes much more sense :P
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Old December 20th, 2005, 06:51 PM   #18
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F#%king awsome. Welcome to mel -- perth?

Waiting for public outcry.....
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Old December 21st, 2005, 02:38 AM   #19
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Looks great but where is all that land they want to build all that on? They talk about tearing down the Law Chambers building because ‘it’s in the way’ for a public plaza just like the old R&I building was …also looking at the pic there, I didn’t think the gap between the Town Hall and the Treasury was that wide?
Anyhow, I say bring it On!! There really shouldn’t be a public out cry because it will be privately funded.
Also Perth CBD may get dull most nights but the same can’t be said for Northbridge.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 03:14 AM   #20
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I like it but it's not all that 'out there'. I think the height of the building should be clear of the town hall spire (32m?) so it doesn't look campus style. The design is also very boxy.

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